Search the collections
Public Life & Institutions Collection
Image: Model - Captain Cook's Cottage, Cyril Noisette, Icing, 1934
Source: Museum Victoria
The lives of all Victorians are shaped by organisational and institutional structures in the public sphere. Such structures are dynamic, always in the process of creation, redefinition, maintenance, and change.
While some individuals may have the opportunity to participate in the creation of some of these structures, and to influence their direction, others suffer under, negotiate with or react to them. Groups of people may then combine to bring about changes to the ways the structures operate and develop.
This collecting field is concerned with communal and institutional activities in the public sphere in Victoria since 1835. Material evidence generated as a result of particular forms of public, cultural, political and institutional activity in Victoria is collected to document distinctive forms of urban and regional life.
The collection focuses on the operation of particular structures at particular times, and also on the processes of change, continuity, reaction and adaptation. Sub-themes include celebrations and festivals; political history; charity and welfare; ritual and belief; and images and icons of Melbourne.
It also illustrates the events and patterns that help us define and understand Australian identity in all its complexity and diversity. A wide range of material has been gathered from many organisations and institutions, both active and inactive.
Significant collecting areas:
Items per page: 10 50 (showing 21 - 30) 4571 items
Black and white engravings and text from The Australian Sketcher, 6 Nov 1880, pp. 295-96, published by Wilson & McKinnon, Melbourne. Page 295 consists of three columns of news and artic ...Images: 1
Black and white engravings and text from The Australian Sketcher, Saturday, 20 November 1880, pp. 315-16, published by Alfred May and Alfred Martin Ebsworth for Wilson & McKinnon, Melbo ...Images: 1
No Image Available
Return list of gross receipts of the Exhibition of Fine Arts, held in the Great Hall of the Library and Museum in the Autumn of 1869. The receipt list was printed by John Ferres, Govern ...Images: 0
Catalogue of an exhibition of 'Official War Photographs' arranged by the Australian War Museum, Exhibition Building, Melbourne, in 1921. Although the War Museum opened officially to th ...Images: 4
Coloured printed invitation to an evening reception held at the Exhibition Building, Melbourne, on the evening of 9 May 1901 at which the Duke and Duchess of York & Cornwall were in att ...Images: 1
Flyer printed on fragile brown paper, announcing the showing of 'Two Great Keystone Comedies': 'Fatty and Mabel's Washing Day' (the correct title is 'Mabel and Fatty's Wash Day') and 'L ...Images: 1
Souvenir edition of 'The Star' newspaper published to celebrate the visit of HRH the Duke of Gloucester to Australia in 1934. The special edition, titled 'Royal Centenary Visit: The S ...Images: 38
Decorative invitation to the Australasian Federal Convention Banquet to be held on 20 January 1898 at the Melbourne Town Hall. It was issued to Mr Herbert Power and was printed by Sand ...Images: 1
Poster illustrating the flight paths of the London to Melbourne MacRobertson Race, 20 October 1934. Published by The Flying Dutchmen Publishing Co. - The Hague (Holland). The race was p ...Images: 1
Broad sheet featuring cartoons by Claude Marquet with verses by R. J. Cassidy. The broad sheet was printed by The Worker Print in Sydney in 1917, by the No Conscription Council Campaign ...Images: 2